Over-the-Counter Treatments for Hemorrhoids

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Although most cases of hemorrhoids are generally not serious, the rectal itching, irritation, and burning can seriously interfere with enjoying your daily activities.

You can usually treat hemorrhoids with over-the-counter medications, available without a prescription at your local pharmacy. However, sorting through a vast selection of hemorrhoidal preparations can be confusing. In addition, not all medications are safe or effective for all people. Before trying an over-the-counter hemorrhoidal medication, ask your pharmacist or doctor to recommend the right treatment for you.

Medical Reviewer: Robert Williams, MD Last Review Date: Apr 9, 2013